Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 6/25/13
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York wrote what I felt was one of the strongest arguments in making the case for Matt Harvey starting the All Star Game for the National League. He first compares Harvey, who he calls the NL’s Justin Verlander, to last season’s NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey: Through 16 starts, Harvey is 7-1 with a 2.05 ERA, 121 strikeouts, a 0.882 WHIP, 4 homers allowed and a .188 opponent batting average. Through 16 starts a season ago en route to the NL Cy Young Award, R.A. Dickey was 12-1 with a 2.15 ERA, 116 strikeouts, 0.885 WHIP, 9 homers allowed and a .190 opponent batting average. So, other than the out-of-his-control win criteria, Harvey is better than last year’s Cy Young winner in every one of those statistical categories at the same point in the season. Another great point he makes regarding his lack of pitching wins is this: OK, Harvey is not the NL wins leader. That distinction is shared by Adam Wainwright, Jordan Zimmermann and Lance Lynn with 10 apiece. And Ha...
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